So we watched another widow movie entitled Smart People with Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, that girl from Juno and Thomas Haden Church. I really don’t know why I like widowed people movies so much – the comedy ones in particular. Perhaps it is because I equate my experience as a dramedy rather than a Lifetime Movie for Women. I had as many up and really surreal and satirical moments as I did sad grief-drenched ones.
Dennis Quaid is a socially bankrupt widower of many years who lives with his 17 year old daughter and his less successful younger brother – who he constantly reminds was adopted. He is a professor of literature at Carnegie Mellon. A pretty brilliant guy but a complete fuck to most people because he regards them as idiots – probably something that pre-dated his widowhood because widowhood doesn’t strip you of your personality and hand you a new one so much as it highlights the things that were already wrong with you.
Into his life enters a former student now a doctor, Sarah Jessica. I am always struck by how really plain and pointed her features are. She looks like a real person and not someone who would be the lead in a romantic comedy. She tries to penetrate the awfulness which is Quaid’s character and human him up a bit. She doesn’t succeed but through a series of incidents with her (he knocks her up on their second date – being a genius doesn’t mean you will get the condom on properly) and his children and brother, he changes.
And they marry, have twins and live happily ever after. That’s what I really like about widow movies. They live happily ever after. There is hope. There is promise. Is it reality? It was for me. It was for a lot of people I know. We are not aberrations so I like to think of these movies validating my world view.
So today, I would like to hear about your favorite type of movie.